The Town of Condom
Access Gate to the Armagnac
A town by the name of ´Condom´ is rather peculiar, but the town existed already many centuries before this word became popular in an entirely different context. Nowadays the town cleverly exploits this and opened a museum dedicated to comic presentations in relation to this kind of birth control....
The town name ´Condom´ is derived from 'Condatomagus', meaning 'old gallic market'. Condom lies on the river Baïse along one of the main pelgrimage routes of Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Because of its location on the riverbanks of the Baise, in the 19th century Condom became the capitol of the Ténarèze region and the access gate to the Armagnac.
The river Baise is nowadays still very well suited for all kinds of boating trips. At the Capitainerie in the small harbour you can even rent a boat yourself. Canoeing excursions can be booked a little bit further upstream in Beaucaire.
For a daytrip to Condom you can choose between many options: visits to the Armagnac museum as well as to the Cathedral St. Pierre are almost mandatory. But a stroll over the weekly market (on wednesdays) is also a great delight for all senses. The sports centre offers a wide choice of more sporting activities such as tennis or swimming. Or book a boattrip on the river and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings along the river.
And on the way back to the campsite you are warmly invited to stop by any of the wine and Armagnac Domaines, e.g. Domaine de Cassagnoles between Mouchan en Gondrin, welcoming you to a taste of their best wines, flocs and Armagnacs.
Statue of the four Musketeers in the centre of Condom.